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Cricket Batting Tips

Written by Ben. Posted in:Batting

The art of successful batting cannot be achieved overnight, but with constant practice it can steadily improve. Before going out to the field of play, batsman must prepare not only physically, but mentally as the game of cricket also has its psychological elements. Some of the best batsman today succeed at many important factors in the game which reflect in their high batting average. These are some of the factors to consider before and during an innings.

Preparation

It’s important to prepare thoroughally before any innings, making sure you’re fully equipped to score runs at the crease.

Firstly, clear your mind of all distractions, focusing on the goal ahead.
Stretch and walm up properly, making sure you’re ready to run between wickets. Stretching and walming up can also prevent injury.

Concentration

There are plenty of distractions that can disrupt your game, such as your anxiety about performance, opposing players comments, the pitch and psychological fears about the current team situation (scoreboard, run rate etc)

Attempt to erase all fears from your mind, focusing on the game plan ahead.
Eliminate all negative factors and talk yourself up positively during the game. Focus on the bowler as he runs in and keep your eye on the ball and body in position when delivered.

Patience

Patience can be the key to a good score, giving yourself every opportunity to stay at the crease for a longer period of time. It’s an element of self discipline which if ignored, can result in an early dismissal.

Play every ball by its merits, putting away the badly bowled and play accordingly to good deliveries.
Getting frustrated by good bowling can result in negative batting and a possible dismissal. Practice self discipline by playing ball by ball, as eventually the right delivery will come your way to be hit.

Footwork

Many batsman’s biggest downfall is their inadequate use of the feet, resulting in mistimed stoke play and a dismissal. It’s important to practice correct footwork which enables you to play shots more freely and with power.

Make use of your feet by adjusting them accordingly to every delivery, giving yourself enough room to play shots.
Practice getting your feet into position when defending, both forwards and backwards.
Make sure your feet are in the right position before each and every ball, giving you enough time to adjust when needed.

Stroke Play

It’s important to learn a wide variety of strokes which can be used in any given game or situation to score runs.

Carrying a wide array of defensive shots can work to your advantage. Many balls have to be defended in a certain way, depending on line and length. Practice defensive strokes regularly in the nets.
Mastering attacking strokes can also be beneficial, and the assessing the right time to play them. You must choose your stroke selection wisely to extend your stay at the crease in any given innings.

Stance

Your stance is a vital element of your game, preparing yourself for every delivery that comes your way.

Check your stance and make sure your weight and feet are equally distributed.
Your body and position must line up correctly. Your shoulders should be evenly headed towards the bowler and eyes and chin level with the ball.

The batting element of cricket involves plenty of psychological thinking and self discipline. Practicing this along with your stance, stroke play and footwork will result in a better batsman for many innings to come.

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Ben

Freelance Journalist from Invercargill, New Zealand. Specialise in writing sports articles for websites and publications. E:mail: b.pearce@journalist.com for more info.

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